March 2012

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 02/24/12.

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced last week the formation of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC), a group tasked with “provid[ing] advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.”

For the 12th consecutive year, the Alliance convened its members for a concerted advocacy effort on behalf of international exchange programs. The Alliance’s annual Advocacy Day—February 29 and March 1 in Washington, DC—featured 72 participants from 26 member organizations, representing 25 States and the District of Columbia. They visited 94 Congressional offices and, while most everyone met with legislative staff members handling foreign policy issues, a handful of participants actually got to speak with their members of Congress.

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As businesses continue to expand globally, many business professionals are seeking to prepare themselves to succeed in the global marketplace. To get such preparation, they are demanding internationally focused courses and degree programs that offer region and country-specific instruction on business practices, social norms, and customer preferences, not to mention the local language. And continuing education programs, the New York Times reports, are working to meet these demands:

International education experience is immensely valuable and makes students more attractive to potential employers, according to a new study recently presented by the British Council, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and Ipsos Public Affairs.

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The recently released book Making a Difference: Australian International Education details the “global context, history, development and outcomes of international education in Australia”:

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Back in January, writing in the New York Times, former Harvard President and Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers asserted that “English’s emergence as the global language…make it less clear that the substantial investment necessary to speak a foreign tongue is universally worthwhile.” A variety of voices wholeheartedly disagreed, arguing that learning a foreign language makes an English speaker more globally competent and thus more attractive to employers; improves cognitive ability; and generally makes life a lot more interesting.

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 03/02/12. 

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► The Alliance reported on its 12th consecutive Advocacy Day that took place in Washington, DC on February 29 and March 1. The event featured 72 participants from 26 member organizations, representing 25 States and the District of Columbia.

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The Alliance is working with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)’s office to send a Congressional sign-on letter to House appropriators in support of robust exchange program funding in FY 2013, and we need to gather as many signatures for this letter as possible by COB Friday!

Please act now and write your Representative! Using the below link, urge him or her to sign Rep. Johnson’s letter in support of flat funding for Department of State exchanges at $598 million in FY 2013:

http://capwiz.com/alliance-exchange/issues/alert/?alertid=61096601

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